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October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Introduce Global 2016-MY Explorer in L.A.

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The 2016 Explorer will reach showrooms next year with a new look, added capability and additional driver-assist technology, according to Ford.

Tags: Ford Explorer, Ford, L.A. Auto Show, Mid-Size SUVs, 2016-MY

October 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Edge SUVs for Fire Risk

Photo of Ford Edge by resedabear via Wikimedia Commons.

Ford is recalling 204,448 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs in North American states that use road salt for snow and ice removal. Potential fuel leaks can arise from corrosion.

Tags: Lincoln, Corrosion, Recalls, 2008-MY, 2007-MY, Ford, Ford Edge, Mid-Size SUVs

October 28, 2014 - Industry News

Class 3 Ford Transit Vans Improve Payload, Towing

Photo of long wheelbase Transit 350HD courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 Transit full-size cargo van with a Class 3 chassis expands the payload and towing capability of the van without the need for a cutaway or chassis cab model.

Tags: Ford, Ford Transit, Full-Size Vans, Class 3, Cargo Vans, Diesel Engines

October 23, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer 'Pre-Collision' System

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer a new driver-assist system that will reduce the severity or eliminate some frontal collisions between its vehicles and pedestrians, the company announced.

Tags: Safety Technology, Pedestrian Safety, Ford, Ford Mondeo

October 22, 2014 - Industry News

NHTSA Urges Immediate Repairs for Takata Air Bags

Photo of 2008 Dodge RAM 1500 by NHTSA via Wikimedia Commons.

Defective air bag inflators pose a safety hazard in more than 7 million vehicles in the 2000-2008 model years, the federal agency warns.

Tags: Toyota, BMW, Subaru, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Chrysler, Recalls, Takata, Ford, General Motors, Air Bags, NHTSA

October 16, 2014 - Product News

Ford Adds Cargo Management System to 2015 F-150

Photo of the 2015 F-150's BoxLink cargo management system courtesy of Ford.

Ford is introducing a cargo management system and LED box lights on its 2015 F-150 pickup, as well as several new options.

Tags: Ford F-150, Light-Duty Trucks, Payload, Ford, Cargo Storage

October 15, 2014 - Industry News

Plug-In EVs May Talk to Utilities Via Cloud

Illustration of Focus Electric courtesy of Ford.

The Electric Power Research Institute is coordinating a test with eight global automakers of an advanced software platform that would allow plug-in electric vehicles to communicate to utilities via the cloud when charging is complete.

Tags: Ford, Cloud-Based Technology, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Smart Grid

October 13, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds 850 F-150 Production Jobs

Joe Hinrichs, Ford's president of the Americas, announced that Ford is adding 850 more jobs in Dearborn. Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. has added 850 jobs to its Ford Rouge Center in Dearborn, Mich., to build the 2015 F-150 pickup truck, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford, Ford F-150, Vehicle Production, Light-Duty Trucks

October 6, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Escape, Focus and Lincoln MKC for Stalling

Ford Escape photo courtesy of Ford.

The recall, which began in September, addresses a faulty fuel delivery module at risk for cracking.

Tags: Ford Escape, Ford Focus, Lincoln, Recalls, Ford, 2014-MY, 2015-MY, Compact SUVs, NHTSA, Lincoln MKC

October 2, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls F-650/F-750 Trucks for Stalling

Photo courtesy of Ford.

The problem is linked to defective fuel filters for the Cummins-manufactured engines.

Tags: Recalls, Ford, Ford F-650, Ford F-750, 2015-MY, NHTSA, Cummins, Medium-Duty Trucks

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Add Aluminum to Next-Gen Super Duty Trucks

Photo of 2016 F-Series Super Duty courtesy of Ford.

Ford will incorporate high-strength aluminum alloys into the body of its next-generation Super Duty truck lineup, Ford's new CEO announced Sept. 29 while presenting the company's global growth goals.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Ford, Aluminum, Ford Super Duty

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Releases More 2015 F-150 Towing, Payload Specs

Photo of 2015 F-150 courtesy of Ford.

Ford has released the full towing and payload specifications for all four engine offerings of its 2015 F-150 pickup, claiming its revamped truck with added aluminum components offers leading towing and payload capabilities while shedding weight.

Tags: Ford F-150, Pickup Trucks, Light-Duty Trucks, Ford

September 29, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Names Nat G Qualified Vehicle Modifier

Photo courtesy of Nat G.

Houston-based Nat G CNG Solutions has been selected to join Ford's Qualified Vehicle Modifier (QVM) program to provide fleets natural gas versions of Ford trucks and vans, the company has announced.

Tags: Ford, Nat G CNG Solutions, Vehicle Modifiers

September 26, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls 850K Vehicles for Air Bag Issue

Photo of Ford Fusion courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall impacts 2013-2014 model-year Ford C-MAX, Fusion, Escape and Lincoln MKZ vehicles in North America.

Tags: Ford Escape, Lincoln, Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, Ford C-Max, 2014-MY

September 25, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Adds Second Shift in KC to Meet Transit Demand

Photo of 2015 Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford has added a second shift at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to meet the demand for its 2015 Transit full-size van, Ford has announced.

Tags: Vehicle Production, Ford, Ford Transit

September 22, 2014 - Global News

Ford Rolls Out Dealer Telematics Option in Europe

Photo of Transit Custom courtesy of Ford.

Ford will begin offering a dealer-installed telematics option for its commercial vehicles in Europe in the fourth quarter under a partnership with Telogis announced by the two companies.

Tags: Ford, Telogis, Dealers, Vehicle Options

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Transit Recall Begins

Photo of 2015 Ford Transit courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The vans might have been manufactured without epoxy reinforcement on the windowless sliding doors.

Tags: 2015-MY, Ford, Ford Transit, Cargo Vans, Recalls, NHTSA

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Recalls Older Hybrid Models for Overheating, Stalling

The recall affects 70,209 2005-2008 model-year Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles and 2006-2008-MY Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles.

Tags: Ford Escape, Mercury, Mercury Mariner, Recalls, 2008-MY, 2005-MY, Ford, NHTSA, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Safety Video Tip: Driver Scanning

When drivers continually scan their surroundings, they can better anticipate hazards and maintain a space cushion around their vehicle. Here is some advice on driver scanning.

Tags: Driver Safety Tips, Driving Safety, Ford, Fleet Safety Tip of the Week

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Ford to Offer Pair of Cutaway Van Models Through 2019

Photo of Transit cutaway courtesy of Ford.

Ford will offer cutaway van models of its E-Series as well as its Transit, but doesn't view the move as competing with itself, because the offerings compete in different weight classes.

Tags: Cutaway Vans, Ford Transit, Ford, Ford E-450

September 12, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's Escape, Focus ST Recall to Begin Sept. 29

Photo of 2014 Ford Escape courtesy of Ford Motor Co.

The recall, first reported last month, affects 133,227 2013-2014 model-year Escape and Focus ST vehicles in the U.S.

Tags: Ford Escape, Recalls, 2013-MY, Ford, 2014-MY, NHTSA, Crossovers, Ford Focus ST, Hatchbacks

September 11, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Ships All Transit Van Models

Photo by Tim Crowley.

Ford has shipped all models of its 2015 Transit full-size van, including the cargo, passenger, cutaway, and chassis cab models, representatives for the automaker told Automotive Fleet.

Tags: Order-to-Delivery Times, Ford, Ford Transit, Dealers

September 5, 2014 - Global News

Ford Achieves Landfill-Free Status in Canada

Ford's Oakville, Canada, plant has achieved landfill- free status. Photo: Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company's Oakville (Canada) Assembly plant now sends no operational waste-to-landfill, an achievement that gives the automaker the distinction of becoming landfill-free at all its manufacturing facilities in Canada.

Tags: Canada, Sustainability, Ford

September 3, 2014 - Industry News

Ford's 2015 F-450 to Meet Towing Standard

Photo of 2015 F-450 courtesy of Ford.

Ford's 2015 F-450 Super Duty pickup truck will meet the Society of Automotive Engineers' J2807 towing standard with a capability of hauling 31,200 pounds, Ford has announced.

Tags: Ram Truck, Ford F-450, Towing, Ford, Pickup Trucks

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

First 2015 Mustang Rolls Off Production Line

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford has begun production of its 2015 Mustang at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, as it celebrates the 50th anniversary and enters the sixth generation of its pony car.

Tags: Assembly Plant, Ford Mustang, Ford, 2015-MY, Sports Cars

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